Articles by Edan Lepucki

February 24, 2015

To Be Eaten in Case of Emergency: Inspiration and Comfort for Writers 8

I asked a few writers to share what visuals they kept near them while working. Perhaps what they keep near them as they make sentences will inspire you to get writing, too.

February 3, 2015

Ask the Writing Teacher: The Third Person 2

When I’m struggling with a technical challenge in writing, I bang my head against the wall, write and rewrite and write again, and seek out books that have mastered said challenge.

December 9, 2014

A Year in Reading: Edan Lepucki 14

Before my summer publication madness, before I did my reading in airplanes and various Panera locations and cheesy hotel bars, I had one particular experience with a book that filled my soul with fizz and made me feel alive in that way that only reading a great book can.

November 11, 2014

I Just Didn’t Like Her: Notes on Likeability in Fiction 29

Lately, I’ve been thinking: If I were a fictional character, would readers hate me?

September 24, 2014

Murder Goes to Prep School: A Conversation About Tana French’s The Secret Place 17

The girls in The Secret Place are very recognizably obnoxious teenagers — to the extent that I thought they were all idiots, and at one point or another I thought all of them capable of murder.

September 3, 2014

Building Buzz and Finding Readers: A Conversation with My Publicists 2

That’s part of the publicist’s job — to help communicate how each writer’s story and book is unique.

May 19, 2014

Don’t Ever Do It For the Money: A Conversation with My Agent 9

My failure to convince publishers of someone’s talent and commercial viability: that’s a sustained shitty feeling that comes with no billable hours.

May 5, 2014

Notes from the Purgatory File: An Interview with Leslie Jamison 4

If we see something as fully as possible, in all its flaws and troubles, we can pursue it and embrace it more fully as well — there aren’t secrets or dangers festering under the surface.

April 21, 2014

Best Coast: ZYZZYVA’s 100th Issue 0

It’s hard to think of a single mode in American literature and letters that at this point isn’t organic to the West Coast: you name it, there’s a writer here who has published a work about it.

April 9, 2014

Hug Your Darlings, Give the Moon the Finger: Writers On Delight 6

It’s miraculous that these little darlings didn’t get killed in the rewriting process.